After 20 years of studying, planning and building, TORONTO’s air-rail link is on track for completion in 2015, in time for the Pan-American Games. The UP Express will travel the 26 kilometres in 25 minutes from Union Station to Pearson International Airport, with two stops along the way.
Every 15 minutes one of 18 ‘clean diesel’ trains, built by Sumitomo of Japan, will leave the airport and downtown terminals. From Union Station, the trains will follow the Kitchener GO line to Goreway Road, then branch off onto an elevated guideway parallel to Highway 409. At its highest point, the Express will be 8 storeys above the ground – offering a panoramic view of suburbs and city.
The province of Ontario and its agency, Metrolinx, is managing the $465-million project.